before and after

before and after: sherman oaks makeover

by Grace Bonney

los angeles interior designer bryan wark sent over this fantastic home before and after. since so many of us here have a soft spot for mid-century interiors i thought this would be perfect for today’s theme. bryan explained that the original owners of commissioned architects wallace benton and donald park to design their home in 1960. by a twist of fate, mark met donald park recently and invited him back to the home over 40 years later to view the new renovation. it’s wonderful to see a home come full circle. i hope you’ll enjoy these images as much as i did- thanks to bryan wark for sharing this project with us. NOTE: there are more transformation photos after the jump so click here to view the full post or click “read more” below.

[you can see full sized versions of these photos right here, all courtesy of bryan wark]

[image above: entryway “before”]

[image above: entryway “after”]

[image above: bar room “before”]

[image above: bar room “after”]

[image above: family room “before”]

[image above: family room “after”]

[image above: living room “before”]

[image above: living room “after”]

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  • a little too sleek for my taste….but you really have to respect that they stayed so true to the original interior architecture. and what a fantastic story.

  • I love those black vertical bricks above the fireplace. And god lord, that entry was hideous before. It looks sooo much better!

  • Wow, those before pictures were SCARY! The after pictures: beyond awesome. Bryan, where did you (or was it custom) get that red lacquer screen in front of the window? Love it!!

  • Stunning! Love the way the designer has shown restraint and achieved a clean, chic & elegant interior true to the building’s character.

  • Not to my taste, but there’s no denying the impact of this renovation. Im not convinced about the kitchen though.

  • wow. i live in sherman oaks, too. and i have a mid-century ranch (but a more traditional one). i would give anything to meet the architect, allen g. siple, but alas, he has passed away. but i research everything i can find about his work and try to remain true to his intention. bryan, you did a wonderful thing by honoring the architect and preserving this house so faithfully. hats off to you.

  • This is a gorgeous makeover. Those bar stools have me thinking…I was going to get a couple of the Jamaica counter stools, but the Bertoia ones look great!

  • I like the patio and the tile above the fireplace in the family room, but it’s not a house I could “live in.”

  • that’s not the kitchen – its the bar room. too bad they didn’t show more, i would love to see the kitchen and the rest of the property….

  • Gorgeous, so simple and clean with no clutter and such orginal details. The great lines of the exterior continue seamlessly in the interior. I could definitely “live” there….

  • It’s nice and spacious, and it’s great the interior remains true to the home. I have to agree about the bar, not really loving it and a bit over the whole mid-century modern look as well, I’d like to see a mix of design styles for a change as they do exist.

  • I am really impressed by the overall look and function of the principle rooms shown.
    Excellent composition.
    However I think the bar room misses the mark:
    A mirror is well suited to a bar, but why that one?
    The original stools, walls, and the main piece of wall art there looked fine.
    It looked like a cozy place to have a drink and hang out.
    If I was going to replace barstools, my number one priority would be that they have to swivel.
    High, fixed barstools are a nuisance.
    The new wall art there is oddly diminutive.
    (My first glance at the new bar photo saw it as an effort as a dressing room vanity.)
    ‘just saying!’

  • We heart this remodel. Love the all white finish detail & the use of clean lines in the furniture that allows the architecture to speak for itself. FWEYE…those barstools look great but are painfully uncomfortable!

  • Beautifully conceived. Kudos to you! I was curious as to where you purchased the free standing screen in the entry (to the left of the black chest, to the right of the window)???? Or did you have it custom made & if so where????

  • Very well done, not sure on the table and chairs in the entryway, but then its always easy to find a flaw in somebody elses work.. I personally love the overall tranformation..

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